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Woman dies in school bus wreck in Fayetteville

Posted October 15, 2009

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— A woman died Thursday morning after the car she was riding in collided with a Cumberland County school bus at Raeford Road and Purdue Drive, Fayetteville police said.

Police said Joe Ann Pelchat, of Blythewood Lane, turned left into the path of the bus. Her passenger, Annie Wilson Thomas, 78, died in the wreck. Pelchat was listed in stable condition Thursday night at Cape Fear Medical Center.

The wreck happened shortly before 7 a.m., Fayetteville police spokeswoman Teresa Chance said. The was moving through the intersection on a green light and had the right of way, Chance said.

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The bus was carrying seven special-needs students ranging from elementary through high school age. None were hurt and all were transported safely to school. The bus driver, 49-year-old Norman Upsher was also unharmed.

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  • jlg03 Oct 15, 2009

    "The was moving through the intersection on a green light and had the right of way, Chance said."

    I can only assume the bus had the right of way. Proofers, please ensure all relevant information is included in the stories.

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Oct 15, 2009

    Professor, I don't know if your male or female and don't care, but I am a grown man and do not appreciate being called "sweetie" or "honey" by you. Show some class. Oh, thats right, your the kind that the first words out of there mouth are "SUE 'EM!" What makes you think that the person in the passenger seat wasn't related to the driver? You gonna sue your family member? You probably would!

  • deyday Oct 15, 2009

    Praying for the victim family and friends, that said not many people plan on burying their loved ones early and any money from a lawsuit aids in a proper farewell. No one can be replaced by any amount of money obtained from such a tragic accident. Forgive and forget sounds nice but there will be everlasting pain and suffering in the future for all involved.

  • Professor Oct 15, 2009

    IF SOME PEOPLE WOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYS AND NOT BE ON CELL-PHONES AND TALKING ABOUT NOTHING, THESE THINGS MORE THAN LIKELY WOULD NOT HAPPEN. YOU ARE THE CELL-PHONE USER, MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AND PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. BE SAFE AND NOT SORRY.

  • Professor Oct 15, 2009

    What a disgusting comment.

    When you ever have an accident, I hope and pray you will not seek the insurance from the other person even though they were at fault. Just going by your comment, honey. :)

  • Professor Oct 15, 2009

    What a disgusting comment. I would say more, but the censors would not like it!
    Armando de Cabana Boy

    SOMEONE (HER FAMILY) WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR HER FUNERAL EXPENSES. WHY SHOULD THEY? ITS THE CAR DRIVERS FOUGHT. MY COMMENTS STANDS IF WRAL ALLOWS IT PUBLICLY. YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE RULES. OH, GO AHEAD WE ALL WOULD BE INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU HAVE TO COMMENT ON; SWEETIE!

  • Armando de Cabana Boy Oct 15, 2009

    "The family can go after the car driver for the life of their love one."- Professor

    What a disgusting comment. I would say more, but the censors would not like it!

  • Professor Oct 15, 2009

    Thankfully the bus driver was not at fault. I cannot understand why some people cannot see a big yellow school bus. Its amazing how blind they are. lol My condolences to her family. The family can go after the car driver for the life of their love one.

  • esprg Oct 15, 2009

    I saw the aftermath of the accident this morning it wasn't pretty. I just hope the passenger killed was not a child since none of that information has been released.

  • OSX Oct 15, 2009

    rescuefan... I agree completely. My mom has been driving 55 years and has only been pulled over once in that time and didn't get a ticket. She had a crash and it was her fault a month ago and I'm just glad she is OK because it sure could have been worse.

    I stopped at the gas station the other day and rolled into one of those concrete posts in front of the store. Didn't hurt anything but you sit there wonder, "What was I thinking". Sure was a wake up call to me.

    I think we all would be surprised to know just how little it takes us to get distracted.

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